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Against the Tides

Reshaping Landscape and Community in Canada’s Maritime Marshlands

by (author) Ronald Rudin

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2021
Category
General, General, Environmental Policy, NON-CLASSIFIABLE
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774866781
    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774866750
    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
    List Price
    $89.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774866767
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $32.95

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Description

For four centuries, dykes turned salt marsh into arable land in the Bay of Fundy region of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. But by the 1940s, the aging dykes were in poor repair. Against the Tides is the never-before-told story of the Maritime Marshland Rehabilitation Administration, a federal agency created in 1948 to reshape the landscape. Agency engineers sometimes borrowed from long-standing dykeland practices, but they also disregarded local conditions in building tidal dams that compromised some of the region’s rivers. This vivid account of a distinctive landscape and its occupants reveals the push–pull of local and expert knowledge and the role of the postwar state.

About the author

Ronald Rudin is a professor in the Department of History and co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University. His most recent book, Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie, received both the US National Council on Public History Book Award and the Public History Prize of the Canadian Historical Association.

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Editorial Reviews

Against the Tides is a skillful examination of distinctive landscapes and histories...[it] is also an illustration of the potential of community-involved scholarship and a powerful reminder of how audiovisual materials can enrich research dissemination efforts.

NiCHE

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